OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT (OYA) INITIATIVE
The Webber Family Foundation offers grants to organizations in Austin, Texas and Washington, DC that are aligned with its mission of helping lower-income youth perform at the highest levels of achievement in academics and the arts.
Current grantmaking priorities include:
SCHOOL READINESS & EARLY LITERACY
Age 3 – Grade 3
We believe breaking the cycle of poverty starts early with a quality education.
The objective of this initiative is to increase the number of lower-income students who enter Kindergarten as high-achievers (at or above grade-level norms) and achieve reading proficiency by third grade.
Grants will fund quality preschool programs that provide structured, school- or center-based education for children ages 3-5, with a focus on early literacy and parent engagement. Grants will also fund early literacy programs – for students in Kinder to 3rd grades – working to decrease the post-PreK fadeout that can occur once children enter the public school system.
Andy Roddick Foundation Camps
OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME ENRICHMENT
We believe out-of-school time learning provides transformational experiences. We also believe the arts are essential for youth development and innovation.
The objectives of this initiative are to increase the number of lower-income students who develop academic and artistic skill during out-of-school time enrichment. We define enrichment as activities that extend learning beyond the content/expectations of the school curriculum. Enrichment could be academic (robotics clubs, book clubs, summer space camp, etc.) or in the arts (music lessons, screenwriting workshop, dance program, etc.). Not included are remedial programs to help struggling students achieve grade-level expectations.
Grants will fund long-term, intensive programs that serve lower-income students in grades 4 – 12 who are exceeding grade-level norms.
Specific interests include enrichment programs that help students fulfill their potential through academics and/or the arts. This initiative does not include development of leadership and/or social skills, mentoring (except in the context of academics or the arts), nor remedial programs to help struggling students achieve grade-level expectations. In the arts, grants will fund programs that allow students to study music, dance, visual arts, and/or theater in depth. Artistic skill development – not exposure – is the goal.
Magnolia Montessori For All
Grades PreK – 12
We believe all families deserve the right to choose a quality education for their children.
The objective of this initiative is to expand the capacity of high performing charter schools that serve predominantly lower-income students.
Grants will fund schools serving grades PreK-12 that produce well-prepared graduates.
COLLEGE READINESS, ACCESS & PERSISTENCE
We believe a college education unlocks opportunity in a competitive global economy.
The objective of this initiative is to increase the number of exceptionally well-prepared graduates who enroll in and succeed in college.
Grants will fund:
- college preparation and access programs serving middle and high school students
- college persistence programs for organizations working with students before high school graduation
- college scholarships and emergency aid through partnerships with St. Edwards University (Austin, TX) and Montgomery College (Maryland)